Left Behind again

Earlier I discussed the Simpsons episode “Left Below“, in which Homer becomes a “prophecy student” announcing the end and the impending rapture (official title: “Thank God It’s Doomsday”, originally aired May 8, 2005). There is a recent book, now reviewed in Review of Biblical Literature, that attempts to bridge the gap between scholarly and popular views of Revelation (dealing extensively with the notion of the Rapture). In essence, it tries to counterbalance what it sees as the dangers of the Left Behind series’ impact on some forms of modern Christianity and tries to infuse some historical background into the situation.